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Max Homa hilariously breaks down LIV Golf negotiations

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On the day that Brooks Koepka confirmed golf’s worst-kept secret by joining the LIV Golf Series, and Collin Morikawa told us he pours milk before adding cereal, Twitter guru Max Homa decided to have a bit of fun at the rebel tour’s expense.

The World Number 23 has voiced his support for the PGA Tour over the past months, initially commenting at Riviera:

“What I do know about is the PGA Tour. I’ve played it for a little over a handful of years, and it’s created some really awesome memories for me. So at the moment I would say I’m pretty biased, I very much enjoy playing out here. I think they’ve done a great job of giving us an opportunity to compete for something we love. And if you do love money, too, we play for a lot of that out here, too. It’s not so bad.”

In May, the 32-year-old was asked what he knew of the offers made to then current PGA Tour players, and replied he knew “absolutely nothing about what’s going on”, while also adding that the blow-out and excessive media attention was “exhausting”.

Yesterday, he cranked it up a notch by following the lead from Rory McIlroy and suggesting it was all about money, and money only with a sly, but amusing tweet.

With LIV players Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson accepting huge amounts of money to join the Tour, this was a simple but effective tweet that may suggest the four-time PGA Tour winner has been approached several times. He would, after all, be a huge draw, with a recent win at the Wells Fargo, 11 made cuts in a row and over 400k Twitter followers.

For now, and after the PGA Tour confirmed several no-cut limited-field events, it looks like Max is staying with the crowd.

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  3. Livininparadise

    Jun 22, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Not sure it is that “hilarious”.

    • Thomas Woodward

      Jun 22, 2022 at 5:24 pm

      AGREE. I find it peculiar the PGA Tour met with their players and decided to FOLLOW two key aspects LIV Golf offers those who come aboard, more money, and the not so great limited events with no cut. Ahahahahahahaaaaaa!! Jay, you boneheaded, indoctro-procto Biden voter.LIV Golf HAS NO CUT, it’s 18 holes and one day less, a shotgun start that makes a round shorter time wise to play. Make no mistake, you couldn’t manage a bowl of oatmeal at the breakfast table, much less professional golf…..

      • Prime21

        Jun 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

        Such a poor comment. He has handled the PGA Tour with a magnificent touch, steering them through Covid & now LIV, without skipping a beat while continuing to raise purses. Shotgun starts do not make play faster, they simply allow players to finish around the same time. Irrelevant here, as nobody wants to talk to any of these players post round. Maybe I’ll catch the next interview they do with next weeks winner, oh wait……..they don’t have a TV contract. Those whom are playing are simply grabbing money. ALL of them are either washed up, fearful of a looming injury, or simply afraid of competition. GO BIDEN!

      • Idkman

        Jun 24, 2022 at 9:38 am

        Wait, PGA Tour adapts to add a few events with some of the things players/fans noted LIV Golf got right after meeting with the players? Interesting take to say it is a bad thing.

        I don’t think many people have any notable issues with LIV Golf outside the source of funding and how blatant it is that it is a sportwashing effort to make people forget they do things like hack up journalists reporting the truth with a bonesaw.

        A few sponsors of the PGA Tour having some sort of investment from the Saudis is pretty far from taking money directly from them to help them improve their world reputation.

        We all buy oil imported from the Saudis but it isn’t as if we have a choice. I’m sure most people if given the option to choose between bonesaw oil and oil from somewhere less horrible would make the less horrible choice. We don’t get that choice and people need to be able to drive to work, again, hardly comparable to people with 10s of millions already deciding to enter a partnership with such blatant human rights abusers.

        LIV Golf with different funding would be fine in my book. Some competition with the PGA Tour is needed but I don’t think it coming from the Saudis is worth it. Not as if the players who jumped ship haven’t already made millions, we aren’t talking about people struggling improving their life, we are talking about people in mansions.

    • Prime21

      Jun 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

      I personally found it HILARIOUS! Perhaps a few humor lessons are in order?! Just because you CAN comment, doesn’t mean you should.

  4. Chris

    Jun 22, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Starting to root against any player that is negative about competition, look like the PGA is stepping up their game with big $, that wouldn’t have happened if Liv wasn’t around. PGA is acting like Trump after the election, not flattering at all, going to split the fan base. Definitely rooting against Rory and Justin Thomas and anybody else who is acting like it’s the end of the world. If the PGA should embrace the challenge!! Just my opinion and everyone has one.

  5. Rebel Wyatt

    Jun 22, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Dude is another Greyson Murray wait for it..

    • Maxie

      Sep 2, 2022 at 3:32 pm

      Nah, doubt it. Murray is a drunk and hasn’t won crap. Homa is funny and calculated, much more than fly off the handle Murray.
      Homa will eventually follow in the footsteps of Colt Knost you watch. He is great for TV. Murray….not so much

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Why Phil Mickelson decided to drop out of lawsuit against PGA Tour

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Whatever the whys and wherefores, the disputes and disagreements, the one thing the LIV series has done is get people thinking.

Much water has crossed under the bridge and a recap could go on for many hours, but it remains that something somewhere caused the PGA Tour to look at a revised schedule.

Behind all this were a number of court cases, the first being 16 players fighting their cause against a DP World Tour ban, before 11 PGA Tour players sought temporary injunctions against the tour, seeking allowance into the FedEx Cup.

Since then,  Abraham Ancer, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz and Pat Perez have dropped out of the suit, the trial scheduled to commence in 2024, and now four more have fallen by the wayside.

Those four are Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and more vitally, Phil Mickelson.

The idea of a series challenging the golf status quo was always in the mind of Greg Norman and his backers, and Lefty was certainly the one player that launched the idea into orbit, after a revealing interview with golf writer Alan Shipnuck.

That now leaves just three of the original 11 – Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uihlein – who are still being backed by LIV Golf.

The organization released a recent statement, commenting:

“Nothing has changed,’” confirmed LIV. “The merits of the lawsuit—the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive conduct—still stand and will be fully tested in court, and we look forward to it.”

The statement confirmed the reasons why they believe they have a strong case.

“We stand by the players who the PGA Tour has treated so poorly, but we also recognize to be successful we no longer need a wide variety of players to be on the suit. We have our players’ backs and will press our case in court against the PGA’s anti-competitive behavior.”

Losing the bigger names might be a blow to the plaintiff’s case, and Mickelson’s comments were always going to be of interest.

Lefty explained the reasons for his withdrawal to Sports Illustrated:

“I am focused on moving forward and extremely happy being a part of LIV, while also grateful for my time on the (PGA) Tour. I am pleased that the players on Tour are finally being heard, respected and valued and are benefitting from the changes recently implemented.”

He summed up:

“With LIV’s involvement in these issues, the players’ rights will be protected and I no longer feel it is necessary for me to be part of the proceedings.”

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Patrick Reed includes three golf journalists in fresh defamation lawsuit

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Last month, Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee. The suit has since been withdrawn, but the former Masters champion isn’t done yet.

Reed has just filed a new lawsuit against golf journalists Damon Hack, Shane Bacon and Eamon Lynch. In addition to the writers, the suit includes both PGA Tour and DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley.

The suit alleges that those mentioned are guilty of “conspiracy, defamation, injurious falsehood and tortious interference”.

The lawsuit is a whopping 96-pages long and it lists 42 “causes of action”. The causes of action include “a pattern and practice of defaming Mr. Reed”

“These malicious attacks have created hate, aided and abetted a hostile workplace environment, and have caused substantial financial and emotional damage and harm to Mr. Reed and his family,” Reed’s attorney Larry Klayman said in a statement.

The suit claims that the defendants have cost Reed opportunities at multi-million-dollar sponsorships over the course of his career.

The documents also allege that the defendants have been “intentionally and maliciously destroying” the reputation and sales of Reed and his wife’s company, grindworksUSA, which distributes golf equipment made by the Chinese company.

Reed was set to tee it up at the Alfred Dunhill Links this week, but was forced to withdraw due to back issues resulting from a soft mattress at a French hotel.

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Pro travels half way across world for qualifier and is disqualified after one hole

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Rules are rules.

In ordinary life, there are principles we must stick by. We may not agree with all but rules, or laws, are there, and it’s helpful to know them.

That’s also true in sports. And golf, in particular, loves a rule.

Over the years, golf has witnessed hundreds of infringements and penalties from the logical to the bizarre, and recent times has seen both.

Five months ago, Alex Cejka was disqualified for the second time for infringing a rule on green-reading, whilst in June, Hideki Matsuyama was dq’d for playing with a non-conforming club.

Over on the DP World Tour earlier this month, we reported on the expulsion of Aaron Cockerill from the Made In Himmerland tournament, after hitting his second ace in seven days, following that with a snowman, and forgetting to sign his card!

Golfers can, of course, use the stranger rules to their advantage.

Surely the most bizarre might be the regulation that allowed Thomas Pieters to gain a mulligan after ‘mis-hitting’ a putt at the Open de France, later to be re-interpreted, although, of course, too late.

‘Know your rules’ would be a simple maxim for all players and caddies, so it’s tough to feel too sorry for Blake Abercrombie, despite him losing circa $5000 because of an unavoidable error.

The mini-tour and Canadian Tour player entered the latest stage of the DP World Q-School at a cost of $2000 entry, plus his cost of flying from the US to Denmark – and ended up going home much earlier than planned.

Ryan French (@acaseofgthegolf1) used his infamous Twitter account to inform us all:

Replies asked whether the punishment fitted the crime, whether the rules consider the pressure these players are under, and why it isn’t simply a two-shot penalty like many other consequences.

To silence all, fellow entrant Nico Paez explained it to us all in his brief response :

We may not agree with all but rules, or laws, are there, and it’s helpful to know them.

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